Are there “missing links” in the fossil record?

Introduction

Both creationist and intelligent design writers assert that there are large gaps in the fossil record. Creationist Henry Morris, for instance, asserts that there are “systematic gaps” in the fossil record, and “There is no evidence that there have ever been transitional forms between these basic kinds.” [Morris2000, pg. 78-79].

In discussing this issue,

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Can biblical chronology be used to date creation?

Introduction

Even among those who believe the Bible to be the word of God, most are willing to accept that the Bible has some imperfections, such as translation errors, copyist errors, omissions and questionable inclusions, and, in any event, the Bible was never intended to be read primarily as a scientific or historical treatise —

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Do religious colleges teach old-earth geology and evolution?

Popular wisdom holds that old-earth geology and evolution remain somewhat controversial in the scientific community, and, in particular, that many scientists question evolution. But on this count popular wisdom is quite mistaken — only a fraction of 1% of qualified scientists believe there are reasonable grounds to question the basic tenets of these theories. See

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Prehuman fossils: an embarrassment of riches

Introduction

One of the issues most frequently raised by both creationist and and intelligent design writers is the question of gaps in the fossil record, and, in particular, of “missing links” between “apes” and humans. In one sense, such a question is improperly posed — science does not propose that a modern “ape” (gorilla, bonobo

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Creationists: modern-day Don Quixotes?

Don Quixote

September 29, 2014 is the 467th birthday of Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, whose immortal Don Quixote is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of literature in any language. In fact, in 2002 the Norwegian Book Club named Don Quixote as “best literary work ever written” in their listing of the

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Is intelligent design a legitimate scientific movement?

Background

The “intelligent design” movement was formed in the mid-1990s by a group of scholars whose objective was to present a significantly more tenable alternative to evolution than that promoted by young-earth creationists such as Henry Morris and John Whitcomb. The principal figures of the intelligent design movement, notably Michael Behe, William Dembski, Phillip Johnson

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Is the Bible supported by modern archaeology?

Introduction

Several of the “New Atheist” school of writers dismiss the Bible as without scientific foundation. In part, these writers reflect the thinking of the “minimalist” or “Copenhagen” approach to biblical scholarship that was popular during the 1990s and the 2000s. This school of thought has argued, for example, that essentially all of the Old

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Review of Amir Aczel’s “Why Science Does Not Disprove God”

Amir Aczel, a mathematician at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and author of numerous papers on mathematics and science, has just published a new book, Why Science Does Not Disprove God.

Aczel was prompted to write this book in the wake of several recent works by authors such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens,

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Has religion always been at war with science?

Introduction

In the recent Cosmos series, as well as in some widely available science videos distributed by the Learning Company (and available on Netflix), noted physicist/cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson reviews, in a very entertaining yet informative way, the history of science through the ages, leading up to our latest attempts to understand physical laws and

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Is philosophy needed in mathematics and science?

In a dramatic announcement on March 16, 2014, a team of astronomers led by John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said that they have detected gravitational waves, confirming predictions made by mathematical physicists Alan Guth, Andrei Linde and others in the 1970s and 1980s.

Gravitational waves from inflation, with their distinctive twisting pattern,

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